I love pattern testing, but it's not because of the free pattern or the exclusive membership of being a known tester or the Ya Ya Sisterhood you form in a testing group, although, the first and last reasons are pretty good; it's because I love to dress up and style photos! Believe it or not I hate selfies. I never look as good in selfies as I
do in real life or so I like to think. But get me in front of a camera
and I am Tyra Banks, ok not really, but I feel like it. I also love to help out "friends".
Although, I mostly know Audrey from the Top Stitchers Competition
(see the time won
!) and its Facebook sewing community
, I have grown to admire her and her work at Skirt Fixation
, her work with Project Run and Play
and various other sewing related connections. So, with all of that back story you can imagine that when I saw her tester call for her FIRST PATTERN EVER I was immediately on board: exclusive new pattern, another Ya Ya Sewing Sisterhood and helping a friend, yes please!
Audrey started Savvy Patterns
and her first release is this super cute vintage inspired skirt pattern aptly titled, the Runway Skirt
. What's so show stopping about this pattern? Well, it's the godets that swish and swirl as you strut your stuff at work and church...or is that just me? When I was picking out my fabric I had two choices: I could go bold (typically my first choice) or I could do toned down sophistication. Well, I think this skirt allowed me to do both. I found this deep navy Ponte Roma Knit from Joann Fabrics
and navy & cheetah godets. If you've read this far I just want to encourage you to stick around because there's a giveaway for a generously donated copy of the pattern at the end.
This skirt pattern is labeled as a pencil skirt, but it's more loose fitting than today's version of a pencil skirt. However, don't think it's your grandma's vintage skirt pattern. Thisskirt is cute, cute, cute and goes from pencil to midi to maxi length. It's sometimes hard to wear very distinctive pieces of clothig so I thought I'd share a few styling tips.
I wouldn't say that I styled the skirt in a particular design category. I basically, just made my "bold or toned down" decision all over again. In this case I went bold-ish, bold-y and toned down in reference to the tops I chose and I love how each look turned out. Originally, I set out to make a vintage-y top, but time and sanity quickly gave way and I didn't like how my top was coming out. So, off to the thrift store I went. I already knew what shoes I was going to wear and that I wanted pearl jewelry. I found the wrap top and necklace at a consignment boutique and the navy top at a Beall's outlet. When styling an outfit, I never underestimate the power of cheap finds. *Wink*
For the pattern cover I needed a neutral colored top. Even though the top is neutral it creates a high
contrast against my dark skirt. I found this faux wrap top at a
consignment shop. The top happens to be White House Black Market whom I
love, but could probably only ever afford them like this. This top is a
little blousier and would help hide any fold-y bits that a lady might
have around the belly and back area. In this case, I matched my top to my
shoes and godets (classic styling). The similarity in color draws the
eyes to each matching element so don't be surprised to find people
looking you up and down. They are supposed to do that. This look is
great for work, casual business lunches, church and PTO meetings. Be the hot mom
(you know you love these terms)
I had this great
knitted ponchowith an asymmetrical hem that I love and often throw over
my go-to dress for church when it gets a little cooler. I thought it had
a classic/vintage-y vibe to it, but was also uncommon enough to warrant
a few head turns. Again that contrast draws attention to the lighter
colored accessories and the stand out godets on the skirt. Another
reason this works is that pairing a looser item (poncho) with a slim
fitting item (skirt) is a great way to work in more flowy pieces
without looking like a bum (baggy clothes all over). The slim piece gives a more pulled together and tailored look.
I thought that keeping a slender profile would add a little Boss Lady sophistication to my look. I kept it paired with the my nude shoes and pearls which class up the simple t-shirt I'm wearing. I actually wore this look to an interview recently and at least I looked
killer. I really enjoy the simplicity ad light weight of the top and I wear it this way most often. The understated monotone really make my godets pop, but aren't garish and people take notice. I get to pretend I didn't mean to look like a fox. "What this old thing?" Positive fashion attention? Always a win for me.
Favorite things about this skirt:
comfortable. It's not super tight so I can hide my muffin top while hinting at my feminine assets. Did I mention my husband really likes this skirt, too? And I can style it at least three ways with my current wardrobe and several more in the future. Plus, I kinda made the cover. :-)
If you'd like to sew up your own Runway Skirt, today is the last day to get the pattern for 20% off - No Coupon Needed!
Audrey is also giving away a copy of the Runway Skirt Pattern AND a $25 Urban Sew Gift Card . The Giveaway ends on 12/10.
Also, be sure to check out the other ladies on the blog tour. They have made some AMAZING skirts. I am sew inspired (cheesy pun) and can't wait to make more for myself. I've been seriously eyeing some fabric that I bought for my daughter to amke myself another skirt - she won't know, right? 😯 (I found emojis, don't judge me). Thanks for sticking with me to the end! You can find the links to the rest of the tour posts below: